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Popular Film Acting Teachers Near Santa Monica

Jan L.

Woodland Hills, CA
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Michelle G.

North Hollywood, CA
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Eileen R.

Santa Monica, CA
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Jan L. Woodland Hills, CA

Jan has major credits in Film , Television, Commercials, and Theatre. You may have seen Jan in the movie, "My Sister's Keeper" starring Kathy Bates.
Jan holds a Master's Degree in Theatre Arts from Temple University in Philadelphia.

About Jan

Jan L. is a Grammy nominated award winning singer/songwriter, producer, actress, and artist developer. Her studio, Angel Diva Music, is designed to improve artist abilities on and off the stage as well as giving the clientele first-hand knowledge of the industry while increasing their creativity. Backed by an extensive musical background debuting with the Philadelphia Orchestra and continuing her career singing with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, Jan L. went on to receive a Bachelor’s of Education in Opera at Temple University and two Master’s Degrees from Combs College of Music in Theatre Arts and Composition. Jan is the author of the performance book called "Once More With Feeling." Jan’s accolades in music continued as she wrote “Damaged” for the newest Ralph

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Lindie G. January 8, 2015
Acting · Online
Verified Student
My daughter is 15 yrs. old and this is her first time ever taking any acting lessons. She enjoys her lessons & likes how Jan uses real life scenarios so she can relate to them in commercials and she says Jan is easy to work with!
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Yongsuk P. October 15, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
So far I had 3 lessons with her and I already noticed my singing changed for good. She is a very thoughtful and attentive teacher. Also, she should have had ton of experience as she guides me to the right direction from the first lesson. Her teaching is not limited to singing techniques, but includes the whole package as how to sing and what should be in mind when singing. I highly recommend her for those who serious about singing.
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Anita L. September 14, 2014
Singing · In studio
I took an 8 week course taught by Jan called Acting for Singers. She was incredibly helpful in teaching me how to perform as a singer/songwriter. She has a wealth of knowledge from her years of teaching and performing and was able to teach us exercises to help us perform on stage and convey the message of our song effectively. I definitely had to get out of comfort zone for some of the exercises but they changed my performance style immediately. She created a very safe environment for us to learn and told us from the outset that it was okay to make mistakes and not have everything be perfect. I was stretched every week I attended the class, but it gave me the confidence I needed to continue to push myself to perform.

I am so grateful for coming across Jan and would recommend her to anyone seeking to become more confident as a performer. She will help you tremendously.
Michelle G. North Hollywood, CA

Get ready to book work because after you train with me you'll understand how to break down a scene, develop a character, make interesting and truthful choices, engage your emotional instrument, and truly be Captivating to watch on the big screen. I will prep you for auditions, teach you different camera techniques (close us vs 3/4 shot, vs master shot), and so much more. I have a rich background in various acting techniques as well as great insight from the many directors and coaches I have worked with in my own professional career.

About Michelle

Musician/Songwriter/Performer Poised, energized, and armed with unforgettable performance ability, Michelle G. is a firework in the artistic arena. Her training began at the young age of 3 with the violin, and a few years later received classes for piano and voice. Excelling in all three, Michelle developed a very passionate and dramatic personality that eventually led her to more dramatic genres such as opera and stage acting. Her aptitude to understand human emotions and relationships gives her a wide spectrum to play in as an actress. There is an organic flow to her interpretations both as an actress and musician that leads the audience to feel her emotional current. Her honest characterizations introduce deeper perspectives on what seems like the ordinary roles and storylines. ...

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Sarah G. February 5, 2015
Spanish · Online
Verified Student
Spanish has always been difficult for me, but Michelle has helped me so much! She's the first Spanish teacher I actually look forward to seeing each time we have a lesson because she makes the lessons so much fun! She's very funny and easy to work with. Whenever I need to make a change to a lesson she always does everything she can to make it work. I've finally been able to raise my grade in Spanish after working with her!
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Dasheonna A. January 2, 2015
Acting · Online
Verified Student
Michelle is an amazing acting coach!! She is extremely knowledgeable and experienced. She is warm, welcoming, and patient. Working with Michelle has greatly improved my self confidence as an actor. She chooses course material from all different genres, allowing me to feel well rounded and ready to analyze and act out anything put in front of me. I am extremely grateful to have chosen Michelle as my acting coach and excited to see what the future holds for me under her tutelage!!!
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Jessica D. November 16, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
At the risk of giving away my best kept secret, Michelle is THE BEST!!!

Not only is she an amazing teacher, she is an incredible talent, and awesome person. Her relaxed and nurturing nature enables you to feel super comfortable and excited to learn. She motivates you to try your best and focuses on your strengths, while building and improving upon your weaknesses.

I've taken singing lessons in the past, and after one class with Michelle, I realized, I hadn't learned anything! If you really want to learn in a positive and motivating environment, take classes with Michelle. Just don't sign up for my time slot...I called dibs and I'm going to be taking classes for a while! Lol. =)
Eileen R. Santa Monica, CA

About Eileen

ACTING: I'm a lifetime member of The Actors Studio with a B.A from UCLA and an MFA in Acting from the Actors Studio Drama School in NYC. My teaching style is a hybrid which embodies my favorite techniques I've learned throughout my studies & career. I have also worked professionally as a casting director (commercial & film), so I can offer a unique perspective from the other side of the lens. *** Lesson Details *** I tailor each lesson to your individual goals and needs. Some students simply want an introduction to acting and want a supportive and private environment where they can learn and take risks, others want to break into commercials, and yet others are already working on professional careers and want to improve their audition technique to get more callbacks and ...

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Greg A. December 4, 2013
Acting
Verified Student
Eileen is a talented teacher who is inspiring.

Eileen is an exceptional acting teacher. She is warm, caring, and patient. She has a great attitude that inspires me to work my hardest to reach my goals. I originally selected Eileen because of her strong academic background in theater but once I worked with her, I was struck by her energy and enthusiasm making her a perfect mentor to learn from.
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Eileen R. October 3, 2013
Acting
Eileen is terrific!

I call on Eileen whenever I need a coach for upcoming auditions. I love working in her Santa Monica home studio - it's clean, bright, and inviting. I love the way we really break down the scenes together, and I find it really helpful that she puts me on tape to see what works and what doesn't work in an audition situation.

Vanessa L.

Burbank, CA
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Zhan W.

Los Angeles, CA
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Vivian R.

Los Angeles, CA
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Vanessa L. Burbank, CA

How to bring honesty, subtlety, and nuance to performance so it reads well on camera.

About Vanessa

Bachelor's in musical theater performance from Columbia College Chicago. Audition prep (acting/singing) and vocal technique for clients since 2007. My critique during your lesson is always honest, so you know when I give you a compliment it is well deserved. I especially love working with non-singers and helping them find their voice. I always start with an assessment to see where your work is currently at and where we can go from there. I keep notes during your lesson, send you an email afterwards with your homework for the week, then I use those notes to think of personalized ways to improve your technique before your next lesson. If honesty and results are what you're looking for in a teacher, I promise to be that teacher for you. *** Lesson Details *** Whether you're ...

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Tod M. November 3, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Vanessa is awesome! She is talented, encouraging, good energy and really cares about the student's progress. My daughter is thoroughly enjoying her lessons and getting better each time. I would recommend Vanessa to anyone.
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nicole L. June 16, 2014
Audition Prep · In studio
Verified Student
Vanessa is awesome! I hadn't gone on an audition for musical theater in a long time and she helped get prepped and ready to go in just a week! I left my most recent lesson feeling very confident and ready to get back into singing! Thanks Vanessa!
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Cole S. March 6, 2014
Singing
I Left My First Session SO EXCITED!!!

I didn't realize so much could be accomplished in an hour, but I left our first lesson with an understanding about where I'm at with my voice, what is special about my voice, and feeling really excited and encouraged with where my voice can go. Vanessa was VERY patient with me, as I'm very much out of practice, but it took her no time at all to pin point my trouble spots and she quickly had other suggestions if certain exercises didn't work for my voice. After our session, I drove away in my car just beaming and I couldn't stop singing. Can't wait for our next session!
Zhan W. Los Angeles, CA

Working on camera; self awareness; awareness of time; focus and openness

About Zhan

I have been a Acting/Vocal Production teacher in China in past 6 years, I received my Master's degree in Acting from The Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, China and Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston, M.A, the subjects of my teaching include: audition techniques, basic acting techniques, voice production and singing, movements and introduction to theater. I believe Acting is not only an artistic experience but also a deeply personal and emotional experience as well, it will take you to places where you can discover about who you are and what you are capable of. it will open doors for you in the future that to come. *** Lesson Details *** There will be a free evaluation session in the beginning, the lessons will be planed after the ...

Vivian R. Los Angeles, CA

The actor will prepare for camera and then be able to keep his/her material to analyze it.

About Vivian

I am originally from Venezuela. I have been a TV and Theater actress since I was 5. I have a Bachelor's degree in business, a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts and I am working on my Master's degree in Fine Arts at U.C.L.A. I love to share and teach. I want to help people succeed. I have directed a few shows and help actors prepare for auditions successfully. My most recent training consist of freeing the actor combining tremmoring, Uta Hagen and creating a personal way of gaining confidence to perform. Please feel free to contact TakeLessons for any questions you may have or if you have specific areas you would like to work on (voice, scene study, cold reading, etc) Thank you!

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Jeffrey P. October 29, 2014
Spanish · In studio
Verified Student
Vivian is a great teacher. She clearly has experience doing this and her own unique approach to teaching Spanish. I can see her acting experience at play here. One lesson in and my diction in Spanish is significantly improved. Added bonus, I have discovered some cool new music she has me listening to in an effort to improve vocabulary. I definitely recommend Vivian, especially if your focused on learning Spanish as an adult for use in work.

Film Acting With TakeLessons

TakeLessons offers private in-studio and in-home Film Acting in Santa Monica and nearby areas. Learn film acting by working with a qualified TakeLessons instructor. Review Santa Monica Film acting teacher profiles and contact a friendly TakeLessons student counselor by phone or email for assistance with scheduling your Film acting lessons.

Whether you are a beginner Film acting student, intermediate Film acting student, or advanced Film acting student, a TakeLessons Instructor can help you learn or enhance your Film acting skills. Your choices for a Santa Monica Film acting instructor come from a variety of backgrounds, making it easy to find one that matches your interests and skill level. Each Film acting instructor's specialties are listed on their profile, along with helpful details ...

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